UTICA, N.Y. – As part of the United Way of the Mohawk Valley’s annual Day of Action, volunteers put up ‘Born Learning’ trail signs to make outdoor activities more educational for kids.
The signs were placed at Quinn Park in Utica and at Pinti Field in Rome.
There is a series of 10 signs, that offer learning activities for kids as they travel through the park.
"We know that learning happens zero to 4 years old, and before they even reach school -- and it's really important that kids are actively learning and do different things to keep them engaged and focused on their education. So, these kids have signage that'll help parents and caregivers different thing that they can do with their children that are education and activity based," said Kristyn Bucciero Beckwith of the United Way.
Stone Age Landscaping and McQuade & Bannigan partnered with the United Way to help dig holes for the Born Learning signs, and Jay-K Lumber donated the products to install them.
During the Day of Action, other volunteers also worked on murals in Utica, touching up the paint or creating new ones.
Two young artists, Sophia Mandia and Deondre Linder, worked on a new mural in Proctor Park, while others restored another mural at Quinn Park.
The mural at Quinn Park was painted in 2015, but has since been damaged by weather and vandalized with graffiti.
The volunteers covered the new mural with anti-graffiti coating to help protect it moving forward.